By Tony C. Diaz
Umatuna Si Yu’os
Two members of the Archdiocese of Agana’s Chancery leadership team underwent training in human resources and administration organized by the National Association of Church Personnel Administrators (NACPA) in Nashville, Tennessee April 30-May 2.
Fr. Jeff San Nicolas, the Delegate General of the Coadjutor Archbishop joined Archdiocesan Finance Officer Josie Villanueva at the 46th annual Convocation of the NACPA.
This year’s theme was “Human Resources and the Church: Advancing in Harmony”.
Administrative leaders from dioceses throughout the U.S. attended training that covered a wide range of topics vital to the work and challenges of the Church today including updates to employment law and to Canon Law and human resources.
Other breakout sessions included: “Best Practices for Completing Workplace Investigations”, “Administrative Service as a Christian Vocation”, “Be Ready: Responding to Crisis”, “Religious Freedom”, and more.
Fr. Jeff said that a plenary talk by Most Rev. Gerald Kicanas, Bishop of Tucson was particularly powerful. Bishop Kicanas shared a story of St. John Paul the Great during his papacy which emphasized the magnitude of serving Christ in our Church. Bishop Kicanas recounted how then Pope John Paul II considered it an “awesome and tremendous responsibility” to serve Christ as baptized children of God.
Archbishop Michael Byrnes is strongly advocating for the Chancery and the entire Church on Guam to reexamine, retool and strengthen the way we serve our Lord and the community. That means for instance, developing our policies, procedures, practices and attitudes and building capacity toward being a more responsive and vibrant diocese.